BROWN trout are beautiful fish, perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing salmonid there is. Tiger trout are impressive but, for me, the brownie has the colour, makings and variety that make it the stand-out fish. According to our research on p84-86 you’re in full agreement! So, I’m justified therefore in dedicating quite a few pages to this wonderful creature in this issue, just before the season begins. Despite it being open season for browns on enclosed commercial stillwaters, anglers still have reverence for them – and it’s the highlight of the day when one is caught – with most anglers still happy to release them to fight another day. Nevertheless, it’s still exciting that fish farmers are spicing things up with an occasional new species and, as I write, two of our contributors are preparing to visit Torre Trout Farm for the press launch of the new spartic trout – a cross between a brook trout and an Arctic char. They’re fine looking fish and there will be a report in issue 508. Challenging weather can be a factor during early season and Peter Cockwill had to don appropriate clothing at Duncton Mill fishery (p12) – he still had a great session and proved that there’s no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong clothing! Speaking of which, we hope you enjoy the free Gear Guide with this issue, helping you to make that ‘new season purchase’ to kick-start your angling year. There’s absolutely everything in there - rods, reels, bags, clothing, nets, fly boxes, lines and leaders – enough to get you fully kitted out. Those large dark olives should be about to hatch on our rivers so follow our guide to this important first hatch on p38. Those large, wary browns, confident after being free of anglers all winter, will be waiting and eager to feed! Lastly, it’s encouraging that Wimbleball Reservoir has been taken over by Mark Underhill (brother of Abigail who runs Tavistock very successfully) and he’s stocking plenty of fish as well as planning to improve facilities, see p50-51 for a full report for the season ahead. We really do urge you to make at least one extra visit to your local reservoir or small water this season – your support will give that water a chance to re-open to fly-fishing next year. The future of our trout fisheries is very much in our own hands. Enjoy the issue!
“Those large, wary browns will be waiting and eager to feed!”
Brown trout are visually impressive. (above).